Posted by Antitax
on Monday, October 14, 2013 3:53 PM
Never tried one but folks in Cloudy Nights or Stargazers Lounge discussed it, and a couple owners thought this is a very good scope and a genuine apochromat triplet. It comes with a 99% dielectric diagonal plus a Plössl eyepiece. It's a bit unusual cause it's an f/7 scope while most 80mm apo triplets (like mine) are f/6. The slower f/ratio makes it easier to reduce aberrations and field curvature. It's got multicoatings and dual-speed focuser but costs notably less than other 80mm triplets.
Be aware that the mounting shoe is very low-profile, it might need a little adapter to fit some mounts (do-it-yourselfable). At any rate $500 is the least you'll be charged for an accessorized 80mm triplet, and no one who used it said it's lacking.
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